all images © PONDCREST STUDIO, except where noted
music: Jose Feliciano, The Doors, The Hollies,
John Denver, The Mamas & The Papas
The images displayed are the result of a restoration project using
photographs taken in the field of operations of the 4/23 Mechanized
Infantry, 25th Infantry Division. The quality level of these images
is the result of the non professional, point and shoot camera
and film available at that time.
Represents One Infantry Soldier's Perspective
Out Of The Many Who Bravely Served.
And now, please scroll down to view
this photographic tribute to our Vietnam Veterans.
BRAVO Company, 2nd platoon, squad,
Atop M113 "APC" (Armoured Personnel Carrier), South Vietnam - 1968
Rumbling Through the Counry Side
Securing An ARVN (Army Republic of Vietnam) Outpost
At A Field Position
The Rainy Season
In the Village of Trang Bang, Cao Dai temple 1968
- a most troubled area during this time and throughout the war
Cao Dai temple In Trang Bang - Today!
(image source internet, unknown)
A Small Village, along Highway One
CH-47 "Chinook" Field Resupply (Chinook still in production)
A Safe Lift
Setup On The Perimeter
HU-1A "Huey", in a touch and go, (Huey is the most recognized helicopter)
"Doc" Gets A Resupply
Hueys Lift Off
Hueys Complete A Touch and Go, And On Their Way
Chinook Prepares A lift Of Artillery
A Small Village 2, along Highway One
Helpers from The Local Village, at Tay Ninh base camp
Huey In Wet Land
Securing A Field Position, 2nd platoon, squad
CH-54 "Skycrane", descending with pallet
"Skycrane", a quick descent and quicker lift off
"Skycrane", up up and away
Field Artillery, On Call
Field Artillery, maintenance a must
Chopper transport, Nui Ba Den (Black Virgin Mountain) in distance shrouded in clouds,
Tay Ninh province, South Vietnam - 1968
Another View From The "Door"
Another Small Village
Village Children, Always Inquisitive
Passing By Two Boys In A Village, Scavenging
Huey In Evening Drop Off
In The Brown Soup
Bogged Down In Mud,
Never a Shortage of Rich Wet Soil
Local Villager Weaving
At The Wire In A Field Postion
In Another Field Postion,
Command Chopper Take Off,
Hughes Aviation: OH-13 and OH-23:
The OH-13 "Sioux" and the OH-23 "Raven",
were both light (observation) helicopters;
used for artillery support missions (spotter) or light transport purposes.
Villagers Eager To Sell,
Perimeter Position with M60,
Needed Supplies, inside view of M113 "APC"
Side Mounted M60 machine gun, on M113 "APC"
Not Raining Yet,
2nd Platoon, Squad, at a field position,
Set Up In A Pasture, with water buffalo
Resupply and Mess Area,
Preparing For Security of Tan Son Nhut Air Base, Saigon,
F4 Phantom 11 Lands At Tan Son Nhut Air Base - Saigon, at the time
the busiest airport in the world - 1968
Readying Gear & Preparing For A Mission, at Tan Son Nhut Air Base
Along The Flight Line, at Tan Son Nhut Air Base
Typical Day, The Rainy Season,
Command Track - Bravo Company In Transit,
Bravo Company, 2nd Platoon, mixed squads setting up for the night
Post Green, Tay Ninh - 2nd Brigade, 25th Infantry Division, South Vietnam - 1968
Thank You For Visiting This Online Tribute To Vietnam Veterans.
were attached to the 25th Infantry Division, with their command center located at Cu Chi,
the 1st Brigade main base camp of the 25th Infantry Division.
Their area of operations included Saigon/Tan Son Nhut to Tay Ninh and Dau Tieng, and to the
North West to Cambodia. The "Tomahawks" later relocated to the 2nd Brigade at Tay Ninh Base Camp
and continued operations along Highway One from Saigon To Dau Tieng, including the villages
of Hoc Mon, Trang Bang, Hobo Woods, The Little Rubber Plantation, and the area
around Nui Ba Den - also known as "Black Virgin Mountain".
Map of 25th Infantry Division operations area, South Vietnam - circa 1968
May to November, 1968
in the Area of Operations from 1968 - 1969
Bell AH-1 Cobra / HueyCobra (Bell 209),
Bell UH-1 Iroquois (Huey),
Boeing B-52 Stratofortress, |
Boeing CH-47 Chinook, de Havilland Canada DHC-4 Caribou, Douglas A-1 Skyraider,
Hughes OH-6 Cayuse (Loach), Lockheed C-130 Hercules, McDonnell Douglas F-4 Phantom II,
Northrop F-5 Freedom Fighter / Tiger / Tiger II, Republic F-105 Thunderchief,
Sikorsky CH-54 Tarhe / Erickson S-64 Skycrane,   Hughes Aviation: OH-13 "Sioux", and OH-23 "Raven".
credits for music excerpts:
"Light My Fire" - Jose Feliciano
"Riders On The Storm" - The Doors
"He Ain't Heavy He's My Brother" - Hollies
"The Eagle And The Hawk" - John Denver
"California Dreaming" - Mamas & Papas
"Trang Bang Today" - internet, unknown
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1450 hrs local - Wednesday - August 13, 2014 Re: SGT Richard F. "Rick" Zahn Rick Zahn and I were in Tay Ninh at the same time back in 1968. We went to the same high school in Livingston, NJ; Rick was class of '62 and I was '64. He was a US and I was RA and our families knew each other for years. I was with the 187th Assault Helicopter Company's gunship team, Rat Pack during this time; January through July 1968. I wasn't aware that Rick was in-country until I got a letter from home. An enclosed local newspaper article mentioned there were several of us 'over there' at the same time. I saw Rick's name and quickly discovered he was in B Company, 4/23 'Tomahawks', 25th Division. He was pleasantly surprised to run into someone from his home town! I remember going over to his hooch from time to time and we'd have an occasional beer or two. Anyway Rick passed away last Friday, August 8th in Waterloo, South Carolina. He was diagnosed with an aggressive form of leukemia two years earlier and he did his best to fight it. I'm hoping there might still be a guy or two from B Company who might remember Rick. I remember one particularly busy night for Rick and his squad in Bao Trai, not too far from Trang Bang; April or May of '68 as I reacall. I can provide the funeral details and name and address of Rick's wife Sandy. They had one son, also named Rick, who works up in Jersey City. I'm sure they'd both be happy to hear from some of his old service buddies. The date of Rick's final service in East Hanover, New Jersey, planning for a military sendoff, is not yet set but will probably be sometime in mid-September. I can provide additional contact info to anyone who may remember Rick Zahn Thanks in advance for your assistance. Sincerely, Chris Reilly - email@example.com - formerly served with A 3/7, 199th Lt Inf Bde, 1966-67 and 187th Assault Helicopter Company based in Tay Ninh 1968 CHRIS REILLY 4790 South Atlantic Avenue Fishermen's Village - Unit B-202 Ponce Inlet, FL 32127-7161 USA